Star Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Arbaaz Khan, Amy Jackson, Jas Arora, Nikitin Dheer, Seema Biswas, Asif Basra and Jackie Shroff
Director: Sohail Khan
Producer: Sohail Khan
Claps For: Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s Performance and Humorous Dialogues
Slaps For: Immature Direction, Cartoonish Characterizations, Poor Songs, Bad Editing and Predictable Storyline
What’s New: Nothing
Popcorn Refill: Interval
Plot: Ali, an orphan born and brought up by a Hindu mother, sells under garments to make a living. Soon, he is forced to become an extortionist along with buddy Maqsood for Danger Bhai. One fine day, his uncle discovers the immense potential he has to become a top-class golfer and encourages him to leave behind his underworld job and pursue the game.
What follows next is how Ali overcomes all obstacles and challenges to become a well-known golf player.
Performances: ‘Freaky Ali’ is Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s triumph. His experiment of playing an out-and-out commercial hero pays off really well- thanks to his ability to make you laugh and cry with him. While dark humour has always been a comfortable zone for him, this time he gets to play it safe with humorous dialogues and showcase his impeccable comic timing. And yes, his dance moves will put a smile on your face. His innocence as the regular guy will make you root for him till the very end. This movie is about ‘Freaky Ali’ and belongs to ‘Freaky Ali’.
Arbaaz Khan proved a good support to Siddiqui, but doesn’t have a role meaty enough to come across as the “Hero Ka Dost” audiences would sympathize with. He is delight to watch during the comic scenes.
Amy Jackson doesn’t have much to do than just clap every time Nawaz is playing golf. But then- who cares? The lady looks so gorgeous that it gets hard to get your eyes off her every time she is on-screen.
Jas Arora is good but gets monotonous after a while. Nice to see Nikitin Dheer trying his hand at comedy; but he surely should never do it again and stick to playing intense characters.
Seema Biswas plays her over-the-top melodramatic role with conviction.
Asif Basra is impressive! On the other hand, Jackie Shroff’s cameo is useless and will make you wonder whether this was the role Salman Khan was eyeing for…THANK GOD Sohail Khan rejected him.
About The Movie: ‘Freaky Ali’ is an extremely poor movie that is worth the watch only for a few laughs and Siddiqui’s performance. And the reason for that is Sohail Khan’s immature direction.
He fails to strike a balance between comedy and sports-drama. Plus, like ‘Hello Brother’ and ‘Jai Ho!’, this one too is filled with cartoonish characters who keep making a fool out of themselves in order to make the audiences laugh. While most of the jokes work, some of them fail miserably.
The songs fail to connect, and the cinematography is something you just wouldn’t expect in a sports movie. Addition to these flaws is poor editing.
Despite being a sports film, it fails to generate any curiosity around Golf or what happens in the game. Sohail, who was very vocal about how he wants to showcase that golf is not just a rich-man’s game, fails to execute that aspect of the storyline properly.
Overall, this one could have been a much better and enjoyable flick had it been helmed by a more polished director.
Combo-On-Offer: Comedy + Sports Drama
Verdict: Despite Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s shining performance and a few good laughs, ‘Freaky Ali’ fails to be a good sports drama. Hence, we give the movie SLAPS. Watch it to encourage Siddiqui as he ventures into a completely new genre.